On the eve of a second revolution

25-01-2012 02:00 PM

Maged Samir


As the clock struck midnight, and before the day began, a wave of enthusiastic cheers sounded over Tahrir Square calling for the completion of the revolution that began just a year ago. Meanwhile squabbles erupted between some Muslim Brothers (MB) and thousands of demonstrators who denounced the MBs’ erection of a separate platform in the square.

WATANI International
25 January 2012
As the clock struck midnight, and before the day began, a wave of enthusiastic cheers sounded over Tahrir Square calling for the completion of the revolution that began just a year ago. Meanwhile squabbles erupted between some Muslim Brothers (MB) and thousands of demonstrators who denounced the MBs’ erection of a separate platform in the square.
Supporters of al-Hurreya wal-Adala, the MB party which gained the majority of votes in the recent parliamentary elections, cordoned off the platform while the squabbles and verbal arguments continued. Two demonstrators trying to demolish the platform were caught by MBs, who then tried to erect a second platform beside their main one near the Omar Makram mosque. demonstrators resounded around the square calling: “Amidst the cold, amidst the rain, the revolution’s voice will warm the ice!”; “Down, down with military rule!”; “The military rule is shame and betrayal, down down with the military rule” and “We’re not tired, we’re not tired; freedom does not come easily!”. A group of demonstrators volunteered to direct the traffic which continued to move round the square and in nearby streets.
According to the Thawra Mostamera (The Revolution is Ongoing) Facebook page, multitudes of demonstrators were pouring into Arbain Square in Suez on Tuesday evening in support of the Tahrir demonstrators and to continue the path of the revolution. They demanded a swift handover of power to civilians and the trial of the murderers of peaceful protestors. The Suez demonstrators announced that they were forming public committees to protect ATM machines, banks and public and private institutions in anticipation of any acts of violence or sabotage that might take place on 25 January.
At dawn on Wednesday worshippers performed the Muslim dawn prayer at the Omar Makram mosque, following which anti-SCAF cries began to resound. In one Downtown street, in front of the Jewish synagogue, members of a march which had started at al-Azhar were heard protesting about the export of gas to Israel.
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